How to disable or remove Chrome extensions?

Browser Security Plus' Add-on Management feature allows IT admins to remove Chrome extensions from end-users browsers. This document will explain how IT admins can disable or remove Chrome extensions with Browser Security Plus.

What we'll cover:

How to remove Chrome extensions.

  • Navigate to policies and click on Add-on Management.
  • Check No corresponding to Allow users to install extensions checkbox.
  • Select the extensions that you want to whitelist from the Whitelist extensions drop down list.
  • Save and publish the policy.
  • Deploy the policy to computers that you want to apply the changes to.

The below video explains how to disable Chrome extensions with Browser Security Plus.

 

How to disable or remove Chrome extensions based on the permissions they use.

  • Navigate to policies and click on Add-on Management.
  • Click on Search Permissions corresponding to Blacklist Permissions.
  • Select the permissions you want to blacklist.
  • Save and publish the policy.
  • Deploy the policy to computers that you want to apply the changes to.

Disable Internet Explorer (IE) add-ons.

Plug-ins/add-ons are often required by Internet Explorer for rendering webpage. These add-ons need to be kept up-to-date in order to ensure security. Out-of-date add-on prevail as vulnerabilities that hackers exploit to inject computers with malware. But for IT admins, manually ensuring that the add-ons stay updated in all computers in their network, is an impossible task. Similarly, add-ons that are not signed by their developers can not be trusted in an enterprise. Browser Security Plus detects such add-ons and provides the required insights for IT admins. Using the insights, IT admins can further block such add-ons using Add-on Management.

How to disable IE add-ons

  • Navigate to policies and click on Add-on Management.
  • Click on the Internet Explorer tab.
  • Select the plug-ins/add-ons that you want to blacklist from the Blacklist Plug-ins drop down list.
  • Save and publish the policy.
  • Deploy the policy to computers that you want to apply the changes to.

How to manually Manage Chrome extensions on your Chrome browser?

Step 1: Open Chrome browser.

Step 2: Click on More at the top right corner, and then click on More tools and then Extensions.

Step 3: You can make choose to disable extensions, allow extensions in incognito mode, or allow extension

How to manually remove access to specific site

Step 1: Open Chrome browser.

Step 2: Click on More at the top right corner, and then click on More tools and then Extensions.

Step 3: On the extension, click on details.

Step 4: Under permissions, click on Add or remove a site.

Step 5: Click on add next to Allow sites and add the websites on which you want the extension to work on.

How to manually remove Chrome extensions.

Step 1: Open Chrome browser.

Step 2: Click on More at the top right corner, and then click on More tools and then Extensions.

Step 3: On the extension you want to remove, click Remove

Manual Chrome extensions management with Group Policy Objects (GPO)

IT admins can use GPO to disable Chrome extensions present in their network. Follow the below steps to use GPO to disable Chrome extensions using GPO.

Step 1: Download Google Chrome's ADMX template.

Step 2: Open the downloaded Chrome Browser bundle and go to Configuration > admx.

Step 3: Copy the google.admx and chrome.admx files to your Policy Definition template folder.

Step 4: Open Group Policy to confirm the files loaded correctly. If not, check the locations and confirm again.

Step 5: Go to Computer Configuration, click on Administrative Templates, Google and then click on Google Chrome.

Step 6: Click on the folder named Allowed extensions.

Step 7: Enter the extensions that you want to allow.

Disadvantages of GPO:

  1. Lack of visibility.
  2. When a GPO is applied to an OU, system admins can not determine if all the configurations are successfully applied. IT admins will not be able to know when a configuration fails to be applied on users/computers.

  3. No control to manage website groups
  4. When IT admins want to configure a setting that requires website groups to be entered, GPO can be a nightmare. For instance, if they admin want to restrict users from accessing certain websites, GPO has a provision. But it requires them to enter each website manually, one at a time. In case they want to create different sets of such restrictions for different departments in your organization, or if they want to apply the same restrictions on to different browsers, it can be a laborious task.

  5. Lack of flexibility
  6. IT admins will be able to block or allow access to certain extensions. However, they will not have the flexibility to decide what happens to the already installed extensions.

Benefits of Chrome extensions management using Browser Security Plus.

  1. Visibility.
  2. With Browser Security Plus, IT admins can clearly see the deployment status in real-time. If the deployment of policy failed for certain computers, it can easily by identified and rectified.

  3. Flexibility
  4. IT admins have complete control over what can be done with the extensions installed by users, while disabling further installation of extensions. They can either choose to keep it the existing extensions or they can have them disabled.

  5. Simplicity
  6. Browser Security Plus provides a straight forward product console. IT admins can block or allow access to Chrome extensions in a few simple steps.

Manage browser add-ons

Usage of browser add-ons has gone haywire with browsers becoming an integral part of businesses. IT administrators have little to no control over the installation and usage of add-ons.

Why should organizations disable or remove Chrome extensions

Chrome extensions are the most frequently used add-ons. These extensions work by making use of permissions, much like mobile applications to access various aspects of the browsers. Based on the permissions granted to these extensions, they can track users' sensitive data like browsing patterns, credentials and browsing history. If these extensions are not from a safe source, the chances of the extension stealing data increases. With Browser Security Plus, you can detect the permissions used by each extension. With this data, you can remove or disable chrome extensions that use permissions that could lead to data leakage.

Block extensions based on permissions

Extensions are capable of tracking users' entire browsing activity with permissions. These permissions are similar to those used by mobile apps to access various aspects of the mobile to render its functionality. For example, the permission called "web request" allows the extension to access their entire browsing history. Extensions which have the permission enabled, become the gateway to enterprise data. Restrict users from providing such permissions to extensions using Browser Security Plus's Add-on Management feature

Block or allow extensions in Google Chrome

Users make use of a plethora of extensions to simplify regular day-to-day work. Users generally use a single browser account for both personal and business needs. This means that any extensions they use for personal needs could have access to enterprise data. This could lead to leakage of enterprise data. This issue could be avoided by blocking installation of chrome extensions and allowing only those that are trusted. If allowing only trusted extensions to be used, is too stringent for your organization, you can block extensions that are not required in your organization.

Silent distribution of chrome extensions:

Browser extensions enhance users's browsing experience and increases productivity. Availability of extensions that manages account passwords, day-to-day tasks, e-mails makes our lives easier and businesses better. Such extensions are a heaven sent to the users while it's nothing more than trouble to you as an IT administrator. Managing these extensions, making sure only trusted extensions from the Chrome webstore are being used by users, ensuring that the extensions don't steal enterprise data. The list is never ending.

To simplify things, Browser Security Plus offers an Extension Repository which enables you to silently distribute extensions to users. This pushes the ball to your court handing you control over the situation. Distribute those extensions that you trust and you believe to be absolutely necessary to the users through Extension Repository, while restricting the download of any new extensions. This ensures the presence of only trusted extensions in your network.